Spaghetti is a classic comfort food. When the craving hits, nothing else can satisfy. This one isn’t completely homemade, but that’s okay. We all need an easy-to-prepare meal every so often. I experimented with some flavors, and they totally work. This is by far my favorite spaghetti sauce recipe, and you probably have all of the ingredients for it right in your cupboard or pantry.
- 1 pound of ground beef (I use 75/25 to amp up the flavor)
- 1 32 ounce jar of pasta sauce (I use tomato basil)
- 1 Tbsp minced onion (I used dried)
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic (I used the pre-minced refrigerated kind)
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 -2 tsp crushed red pepper (depending on your spice preference)
- 3 packed Tbsp brown sugar (that’s right…brown sugar, baby)
- Brown the ground beef over medium heat- do not drain
- Add the minced onion and garlic, mix well, and let this sit for a few minutes for the garlic and onion to infuse into the meat
- Add the jar of pasta sauce and mix well
- Add basil, parsley, crushed red pepper, and brown sugar and mix well
- Turn the heat down to low and let this simmer for at least an hour. The longer you let it simmer, the better it will be, but stir it occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn at the bottom of the pot
- The liquid will separate some, so be sure to mix it up well before you spoon it over your favorite pasta
- Top with parmesan cheese and some parsley for garnish if desired.
It’s easy to just heat up some pre-made, jarred sauce and call it a meal, but after tasting this you’ll be asking yourself why you haven’t been adding your own ingredients all along. It takes so little time to put together, and the difference in taste by just adding a few extras will amaze you. I know the brown sugar sounds a bit weird, but I believe that this is what makes this sauce over the top good. It’s not at all overwhelming. The mix of slightly sweet and spicy flavors works so well. If you don’t have minced onion or garlic, use powders. Like just every other recipe, I encourage you to take this and experiment with it. That’s how I came up with it in the first place! Add more spices, use ground sausage or turkey instead of or along with the ground beef, serve this over some bread for a great open-faced sloppy monster-sandwich. You could even use this as a lasagna sauce or in a casserole. I could keep going, but you get the point.
Go now, lovelies. Conquer that spaghetti craving. 😉